Woody Walks, Water and Gardens
‘ Epic trees, wonderful gardens and noisy waterfalls then in between some of Perthshire’s best scenic landscapes. ’
Perthshire didn't earn its title of Big Tree Country for nothing, it has the most amazing and diverse selection of trees of anywhere in Scotland. Not only that but the locations of many of the tree and plant species are equally stunning in themselves. This tour may also include private garden visits that are on restricted opening depending on overall timing and the seasonal displays.
A day out in the woods often produces a few surprises, sometimes due to weather, sometimes due to the flowers and fauna at particular times of the year but more often than not due to the wildlife.
Main tour landmarks
Please note the order of visits may vary depending on collection point.
Collection at Hotel.
- Scone Palace Pinetum and Gardens (Walk - terrain - made paths on the level)
Home garden of the plant hunter David Douglas with a collection of over 60 trees from around the world with some of the best examples of redwoods, spruce, pines and hemlocks.
- Meikleour (Photo stop)
Location of the world’s tallest beech hedge, planted in 1746 and now over 100 foot high
- The Hermitage (Walk - terrain - rough paths, mainly level)
Riverside walk along the River Braan to a folly known as Ossian’s Hall which overhangs a dramatic and noisy waterfall where salmon can be seen leaping in season. Numerous examples of ‘big trees’ line the path network
- The Bruar Falls (Walk - terrain - rough rocky paths, moderately steep climbs)
Three crashing waterfalls on the River Bruar as it runs through a deep ravine amongst the pine clad hills of Baluain Wood.
- Blair Castle Gardens (Walk - terrain - made paths, mostly on the level)
Visit the grounds and gardens of a traditional highland Perthshire castle, seat of the Dukes of Atholl since the 1400’s. Walk around the Hercules water garden, the majestic trees in Diana’s Grove all set against a backdrop of beautiful heather covered hills
- Queen’s View - Loch Tummel (Photo stop)
From an elevated viewpoint take in the stunning views down the loch to the conical peak of Schiehallion (The fairy mountain of Caledonia). One of the most photographed views in Scotland
- The Garry Bridge (Photo stop )
Stand above the River Garry and look straight down the tree lined gorge towards the site of the Battle of Killiecrankie and the ‘Soldier’s Leap. The tree colours in autumn are truly spectacular
- Pitlochry - Loch Faskally (Photo stop)
From the new Visitor Centre view the impressive dam with its unique salmon ladder. The man made Loch Faskally behind the dam forms part of the extensive Perthshire wide hydro power generation network
- Cluny House Gardens (Walk - terrain - rough made paths, some moderately steep climbs)
A rambling natural hillside garden with a collection of unusual trees and plants. Definitely one of the best places in Perthshire to see red squirrels
- The Birks of Aberfeldy (Walk - terrain - rough made paths, some moderately steep climbs)
A short riverside walk through the beech and birch (‘birks') woodland which surround the tumbling Moness Burn to reach ‘Rabbie Burns’ bench. After his visit to the woods Burns wrote the poem ‘The Birks of Aberfeldy’ and made this beauty spot famous forever.
Return to Hotel
The price for this tour is £150 per person.
This price includes:
- Collection and return to your hotel
- Luxury tour transport
- Mid morning coffee and shortbread
- Al-fresco picnic lunch (see menu)
- Mid afternoon tea and pastries
- Entry fees at tour visit stops
- Tour information pack
Tour timings are flexible to suit your day though normally within the window;
Pick up 9.00am
Approx tour mileage is 115 miles (185km)